Ronald Koeman begins Operation sweep at Nou Camp

first_img They say that the decision to deliver the news to the Uruguayan could cause Lionel Messi to think even harder on his own future at the LaLiga giants. Messi’s future is far from certain, and the departure of his close friend could swing the balance even further in the direction of the exit door. AS provide a different angle with their front page, as they also focus on the handful of stars given a stay of execution by Koeman. The 57-year-old will wait to see Philippe Coutinho in action during pre-season when he returns from his loan spell having just lifted the Champions League with Bayern Munich. Likewise, the former Southampton and Everton boss will give Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba the chance to prove themselves worthy of a spot in his squad, too. Read AlsoBarca gets Koeman’s go-ahead to terminate Suarez’s contract The Spanish sports tabloids are however not the only ones analysing the implication of the move some fans who reacted to the development expressed hope that the new Sheriff in town is not putting the wrong foot forward Promoted Content2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouThe Best Cars Of All TimeWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?A Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Barca new boss Ronald Koeman may have flagged off operation sweep at the Nou camp with various reports Tuesday indicating he has served four regulars of the team the quit notice. Koeman reportedly picked up the phone to tell four experienced stars that their Nou Camp careers were over. Luis Suarez, Ivan Rakitic, Arturo Vidal and Samuel Umtiti were all contacted by the Dutchman saying they are not part of his restructuring plans. The news hit the front of every major Spanish sports paper, with AS, Marca and Mundo Deportivo all focusing on Koeman’s big move, analysing the ramifications the decision could have for the club. Barca new boss Ronald koeman begins overhauling Marca illustrated the news by showing a dejected Suarez and Vidal heading through a door created in the heart of the Barcelona badge. The publication suggests that the move to cull Suarez could have an impact on another star’s future.Advertisement Loading… last_img read more

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Rodgers hails deadly duo

first_img Rodgers said: “I am not sure there are two better in the league, in all honesty. “There are some wonderful partnerships around – you have got [Robin] Van Persie and [Wayne] Rooney up there, who are outstanding. “We have changed the structure of our team a wee bit to allow us to pass it better – we have still got an awful of work to do – and also to fit in with the types of players we have. “Those two are right up there with the best in the country and you saw that today. “The [second] goal, Steven Gerrard makes an absolutely breathtaking pass out of pressure and Daniel’s touch, pace and power takes him in, and he has shown that quality just to roll the ball in for Luis to get his finish. “Those two will only get better. You can see their understanding – we have done a lot of work with them together in training and they looked very, very bright today. “They are two different types as well, which makes it hard for defenders because one has pace, one has power and two good feet, and the other is a wriggler and can shift his body very quickly and ends up in the box. “The dynamics of them are very good.” Suarez marked his return to league action after a 10-game ban with a double after Sturridge had opened the scoring at the Stadium of Light, with the former Chelsea man setting up both of his sidekick’s successful efforts. Their contribution saw the Merseysiders claim a 3-1 victory which propelled them into second place in the table and left the Black Cats rooted to the bottom with just one point from a possible 18 so far this season. Press Association There was an element of good fortune about Sturridge’s 28th-minute opener when he attempted to head home Gerrard’s left-wing corner, but actually bundled the ball over the line with his arm, although not in the sight-line of referee Howard Webb. Rodgers said with a smile: “He needs to work on his heading, I think. He has actually been working on his heading, believe it or not, Daniel Sturridge. “He meant to head it and it missed his head and hit his arm and went in, and if you watch it again, if you look at the reaction of the Sunderland players, there’s not one reacted to it being handball.” But it was then that Suarez, making his first league appearance since April 21, took over, tapping home from close range from Sturridge’s ball eight minutes before the break, and then after Emanuele Giaccherini had pulled a goal back seven minutes into the second half, finishing off a fine counter-attack by steering home the same man’s cross. Rodgers praised the Uruguay international’s mental strength on his return from his extended lay-off. He said: “He is not fazed by much. He has a remarkable mentality. His determination, the steel in his mindset, is phenomenal. “He is just so focused and for us, he is like a new signing, really, coming back into the team. “It’s great for the team and it’s great for the supporters. Our supporters deserve to see someone of that quality, but his talent deserves to be out on the field rather than sitting in the stand, and that’s something that we are working very hard in order to make sure that happens this season.” Despite the defeat, Sunderland’s interim head coach Kevin Ball was able to take positives from the game. He said: “I’d be a fool if I hadn’t been encouraged by it. A lot of credit should be given to them. “They have worked hard his week. Yes, they would have liked to have got a result in the game today, but it definitely wasn’t for the want of trying. “Going forward, I have told them that must always be the case. Irrespective of whoever is in charge, they must be the ones who drive it on and not necessarily the man in charge.” Ball is yet to discover if he is to remain in charge for Manchester United’s visit to Wearside next Saturday. He said: “To be honest with you, I wouldn’t like to say. If they [the Board] want me to and wanted me to take it forward, great. If they want to do something else, like I have said in the past, that’s their prerogative. “But I have no doubt tomorrow will come and they will ask to speak to us.” Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers hailed Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge as the most lethal strikeforce in the Barclays Premier League after watching them shoot down struggling Sunderland.last_img read more

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